There is vibrant nightlife in Balham including chic cocktail bars such as Harrisons and classic British pubs such as The Regent and Balham Bowls Club. Hagen & Hyde and The Exhibit are open until late for those who are after a longer night out.
Funniest evening entertainment
One of the oldest buildings in Balham, The Bedford, hosts The Balham Comedy Club in July. These evenings have boasted well-known headliners including Eddie Izzard, Al Murray, Reginald D Hunter and Marcus Brigstoke, who lives locally.
Balham is a particularly green part of London, surrounded by Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common and Clapham Common. These areas make Balham a perfect location for keen joggers and dog walkers, as well as families who want their children to be able to make the most of good weather.
A number of high street names, as well as independent retailers and butchers can be found in Balham. A farmers market is held every Saturday at Chestnut Grove School, with over 20 stalls attending most weeks. There is also the Hildreth Street market, currently undergoing refurbishment.
A variety of world food is available at Balham’s restaurants or for those who prefer something traditional, Lamberts is a popular place for seasonal British food, complimented by an extensive wine list.
Good transport links mean Victoria, the West End, the City and Waterloo can be reached in 15-20 minutes via the Northern Line or Southern trains.
Gatwick Airport is just 40 minutes away by train and Clapham Junction is 5 minutes away for national rail services to the South West. There are also good bus links, with the 155 running from Aldwych to Morden through Balham throughout the day and night. Three tube stations are nearby:
Balham – Northern Line
Tooting Bec – Northern Line
Clapham South – Northern Line
A fine selection of restaurants, bars and cafes makes Balham a great place to live in south LondonJ Smith
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